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Networks of Systems and Society

In this talk I will discuss the emerging area for critical infrastructures. Such applications involve the interaction between physical systems and social networks. I will present simplified dynamic models from transportation systems and the power grid that highlight how such interactions impact fragility/resilience. I argue that co-design of both control strategies at the physical layer and incentive mechanism at the social layer is necessary to prevent fragility and systemic failures. Throughout the talk, I will address questions related to information propagation in social networks, herding phenomenon, and the emergence of self-fulfilling crises.

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Prof. Munther Dahleh
MIT; Director of Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
Jun 26, 2017   17:00 - 18:00

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Biographical Sketch:
• BS in EE, Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), August 1983
• Ph.D in EE, Rice University (Houston, TX), May 1987
• Assistant Professor (without tenure) in EECS, MIT, 1987-1991
• Associate Professor (without tenure) in EECS, MIT 1991-1992
• Visiting Associate Professor, Caltech, 1993
• Finmeccanica Associate Professor, MIT 1992-1995
• Associate Professor with tenure in EECS, MIT 1994-1998
• Professor in EECS, MIT 1998-present
• Associate Department Head of EECS, MIT 2011-2013
• Associate Director, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT 2007-2010
• Acting Director, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT Sept 2010-2011
• Consultant at several companies